Indian Railways has suspended passenger, mail and express train services from 24 March to 14 April to deal with the spread of coronavirus. Special freight and on-demand parcel trains are operational to ensure the supply of essential commodities across the country. For the first time in the history of Indian Railways which dates back to 167 years; it is the first time that the railway has stopped its passengers’ trains. As a result, 600 coaches are parked in the railway yards that were once used as the major source of revenue for railways and economic development.
Around 600 coaches of Indian Railways are parked on about 40 tracks of Tikiapara coaching yard in the Howrah railway division. Howrah rail division is spread on a total length of 400 kilometers where important junctions like Burdwan and some stations of Bihar and Jharkhand lies. Trains operated from these Railroads are maintained at Howrah Coaching Yard of Eastern Railways. Its first time in the history that out of 1200 employees employed for coaching yard didn’t mark their attendance. About 50 employees reported for duty because of the special task given by the railways to make isolation coaches.
It never happened that all the Trains were Parked Together:
Indian Railways is known for its 24*7 operation but due to the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown, it has come to a standstill. It never happened before that 600 coaches were parked at the same time at one place in a single coaching yard. Howrah coaching yard has more than 100 tracks, where different operational trains with more than 450 coaches and engines halt together. Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto, Purva, Yuva Express and many other important trains are parked from a long time. AK Roy, officer (SSE) of Tikipara Coaching Yard said, “In my 33 years of service, I have never seen a situation like this that we have about 1200 employees, of which 52-55 people are working there only to produce isolation coaches.
No Passenger Train will operate even after April 15
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